Okanagan Valley Wine

 

The Okanagan Valley is the most productive viticultural area of British Columbia in Canada. Once Canada was settled in the early 1800s, much of the country resigned itself to growing labrusca varietals such as Baco Noir, Concord and Seyval Blanc, which were resilient to the extremes in weather, but not so instantly endearing to the palate. However, many wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley, some of which has a comparably warmer, drier climate, persisted with vinifera vines until they found those most suitable to the growing conditions. In the mid-20th century, once modern techniques came into practice, most labrusca was pulled in favor of the more marketable vinifera
 
The Okanagan Valley has an array of microclimates and soil types. The area to the south in the Osoyoos subregion is considerably warm and arid, with dessert-like conditions in some areas and low rainfall. To the north in Kelowna, it’s much cooler and wetter. The south is sandy and rocky while the north is a Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Okanagan Valley

Popular Wineries in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Calona Vineyards

    Calona Vineyards Private Reserve wines are a rare treat. A relationship among the grower, the win...

  • Mission Hill Winery

    Mission Hill Family Estate, a modern take on old-world architecture, is one of the most impressiv...

  • Oliver Twist Estate Winery

    This 17–acre family-operated Okanagan estate winery and vineyard is located on the preferred Blac...

  • Twisted Tree

    We established Twisted Tree Vineyards and Winery in 2004, when we moved to Osoyoos with hopes of ...

  • Quail's Gate Estate Winery

    In keeping with our family tradition of celebrating memorable moments with good friends, wine and...

  • Poplar Grove Winery

    Poplar Grove began as the quintessential garage winery, where the most important asset was a shar...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Church & State Wines Viognier 2013

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    Another fine Church and State Wines offering... with a fine domestic flower scent (Wisteria, petunia, for example) with some spice such as nutmeg. The palate receives a princely flow of cake spice, peach, vanilla (light oak) and tropical fruit with good viscosity, creaminess and no bitterness - almost like petit Chateau Grillet. 14.3% alcohol a... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2013

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    Again, with these white Rhone-style whites from British Columbia Canada, there is intriguing Camomile Tea and peach with hints of pear, kiwi and other soft fruit. Good viscosity (mouth feel) with peach and some almond-like bitterness on the finish. Lacking only a bit of purity. Excellent value. 89 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church and State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2012

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    The nose of this wine is a,an intriguing vanilla, filbert and spiced apple - appropriate for the season. On the palate, there is a soft vanilla (oak), slightly tart apple and ginger flavour bundle. The finish is warm and the warmth lingers - along with soft, spicy tannin. Elegant but slightly heady. Good value. 89 points. Tasted at Kensingt... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Chardonnay Reserve 2012

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    The talented Jeff Martin makes this delicious Chard in a (rather) Cali style - with prominent oak (but not too, too prominent), a sweet entry with ample vanilla, butterscotch, apple and tropical fruit such as mango. This is a fine wine for the price, the only distraction being the gentle northern Chardonnay being a teeny bit overpowered by the ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Township 7 Cabernet Sauvignon Blue Terrace Vineyard 2010

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    This 2010 entry from Township 7 (originally headquartered at Langley BC Canada - but with vineyards in Naramata) is a nice, medium-bodied, sound Cab with a hint of acidity, precipitated tannin, coffee and tasty blackberry notes; the balance is good and nose is leather plus black fruit such as mentioned. Very good value, but drink now. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Terravista Vineyards Fandango 2013

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    This wine is the colour of many Rías Baixas wines I've enjoyed over the years and is quite redolent of that familiar peach and ginger I remember - notwithstanding the credit-worthy Verdejo component. Good acidity and more peach on the palate with a fruity, lingering finish. Some bitterness on the follow-through, but this is a most elegant wine... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  •  Big Al,If that's your Ferrari, you're a d-bag!  :)I was ... ... ... Valley (just west of Okanagan Valley) called Orofino (winery) and their flagship "Beleza" (2011 red blend).  It opened with a nose-full of strawberry, but after about forty minutes had become quite different with darker fruit on the nose ($34)  We had decanted a Painted Rock... Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Brut 2011

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    This sparkler from the Okanagan Valley, Canada is a very affordable alternative to European exemplars. It has a Champagne-like nose of toasty vanilla coupled with a hint of lime. On entry, there is good acidity and citrus flavour enveloped by more brioche and vanilla. Good, persistent mousse. Elegant and mouth-cleansing, it only lacks a littl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Painted Rock Syrah 2009

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    After sitting for about 25 minutes, this moderately powerful Syrah releases a wonderful scent of crushed cherries, meaty sausage and cola extract (Pepsi rather than Coke, perhaps). The entry is rather Côte-Rôtie - with considerable power and expression on the palate through cherry, cola and a slight tannic finish promising further aging potent... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blue Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine is a matter of style, and Blue Mountain makes a Sauvignon Blanc with great verve that defies easy generalizing with competitors. On the nose, there is a sharp sour lemon, apple, grass and fresh compote. Entry is brisk and cleansing with considerable citrus and less musk than European and Kiwi offerings. More subtle flavours but more acid t... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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  • All the wines are great, but I like the white ones the most. Riesling and Gewuertztraminer are my favourites.

    Comment by 374932Schinderhannes 374932 Schinderhannes


  • I love this wine. It is fresh not clouded by oldworld ideas.

    Comment by 374932Schinderhannes 374932 Schinderhannes


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